In this week’s edition of Capitol Report, News9’s Alex Cameron asked Pat McGuigan about a scholarly paper he presented to the annual Sovereignty Symposium entitled, “Judicial Confirmation and Retention in the age of Donald Trump and Joe Biden – a perfect storm or a perfect mess?”
McGuigan said the federal model for judicial selection and confirmation might not be the best framework for reforming state judicial selection. While not agreeing with all the proposed reforms of conservative thinkers such as OCU Professor Andrew Spiropoulos, McGuigan said conservatives have a point in noting that Gov.Mary Fallin has not had a state Supreme Court nomination opportunity after six years in office. He suggested leaders consider judicial term limits of 18 years.
Wrapping up, McGuigan said the multi-county grand jury (which is still in session) has finished its work on the death penalty. Many speculated the panel might take further action this month, but the CapitolBeatOK editor reported the panel is done with that issue. The focus now is on the state Corrections Department as it drafts and new capital punishment procedures or protocols.
Watch the June 11 Capitol Report here